TODAY’S BREAKING NEWS is a real harsh one. Personally, I am against these kind of severe punishments especially against the two senior most players of the country i.e., Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan. Its more like a shocker than a news.
Everyone was expecting that the others would be punished for their misdeeds, wrong doings and in-disciplinary acts. The irony is this whole drama has been created for the masses to divert the attention from the real problem. The real problem is beyond the players, the PCB management, the selectors and the selection process, the weak manager and lack of coaching. How can one expect from such caliber coach and managers to control a bunch of uneducated, uncouth youth whose main aim is to earn money and fame. They don’t play cricket for the country, they play for money and for themselves.
Until and unless the PCB top brass is not replaced by professionals rather than by ex-players and bureaucrats these problems will exist. How come these very Paindoo players when they retire suddenly become so highly and technically competent that they get lucrative jobs? Examples in front of us is, Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari, Saleem Altaf, Zakir Khan, Intikhab Alam etc. Even the duo of Wasim & Waqar sit in the commentary box and rape the English language with grammatical blasphemies and not only make themselves as fools but, let the whole nation down by their absolutely absurd and biased comments. They are a laughing stock among their counterparts but, they are there because the masses are unable to see the finesse in them and accept them as heroes.
We are not denying their talent as fast bowlers but, every person reaches to his level of incompetence and theirs is outside the field. The Indian media and the IPL organizers or the BCCI are indirectly extracting the art they possess by hiring them so that they pass on the art to their players. Wasim Akram is the most obvious case. Unfortunately, he has not only remained untouched because of his celebrity status but, he has been rewarded by the current management of the PCB to be a member of the inquiry commission and give his expert views. What a load of cow manure.
How come Wasim Akram be made a committee member of the inquiry commission when he is banned by the highest judicial committee of the country headed by Justice Qayyum for his involvement in match fixing and accepting bribes. Or, is this a way to promote the cricket players to another level and Yousuf et Younus be assured and guaranteed that they will be given similar honour in future, just like Wasim Akram got?
When the time has come to select the best team for the T20 WC, Pakistan has axed some of its best players by way of ban and demotivated the others with hefty fines. It is not going to help the team, nor it will help Pakistan. The corruption will remain because, every single player knows that Wasim Akram was the most corrupt player in the history of the game. And, every single player knows that the PCB is full of corrupt officials and there is too much nepotism and favouritism in the selection process. People like Mohammad Ilyaas and Javed Miandad are sitting there in the PCB at top notch places to push their nephews and son-in-law’s case. In the past Majid Khan was pushing his mediocre son time and again.
Therefore, to abolish this system of nepotism and corruption, they must first implement the rules as laid down in the constitution and elect the officials through a process rather than appointing ad hoc managers and off the cuff management which has the same aim and objective as the players have i.e., to make money as soon as possible.
This ban on Yousuf and Younus is going to damage the game of test cricket in Pakistan. Someone I just spoke to on telephone said, this is how Pakistan treats its heroes. The beginning is always very glamorous but the ending is always very tragic. May God bless Pakistan.